Campus newspapers versus internet publications
On every first page of The Pacifican, in big, bold letters, it reads: “The Pacifican University of the Pacific’s Newspaper Since 1908.” The Pacifican has been around for quite sometime and will hopefully retain its campus presence for years to come.
However, The Pacifican is not the only place for students to get their voices and opinions published, as there are now online sites that give students the opportunity to write articles and share them with their friends and peers.
This includes websites like The Odyssey Online and HerCampus. With more students writing for online publications, what appeal does The Pacifican have?
First off, full disclosure: I write for both The Pacifican and The Odyssey Online, I enjoy writing for both and I plan to continue to do so in the future. That being said, I doubt online publications will in any way weaken The Pacifican’s team of writers and editors.
In fact, I think The Pacifican and online publications are different enough to attract different writers and readers.
The Pacifican is about University of the Pacific and is meant for Pacific students. The articles are about events that relate to Pacific. The Pacifican is thus a force that unites Pacific and informs students about the events on campus and the opinions of their fellow students.
Many Pacific students do not have much time to learn about everything occurring around campus, and The Pacifican makes it convenient and efficient for students to stay informed. All you have to do is walk over to the many orange bins conviniently located around campus and grab the latest issue of The Pacifican!
Online publications like The Odyssey Online and HerCampus are much different. These publications allow students to write about whatever they feel like writing about; whether it relates to their school is not a factor. Many of these publications allow students to publish their work all year long, including during school breaks. And if anything, these publications, like The Pacifican, provide students with more experience in writing and journalism.
In my opinion, The Pacifican and other online publications should promote one another to give students the best opportunities available to them. After all, that is what is most important.